Gloucester appoint Laurie Fisher as new head coach

Gloucester have appointed Australian Laurie Fisher as their new head coach.

The 56-year-old, who joins from Super Rugby side the Brumbies, will work under new director of rugby David Humphreys.

Gloucester chief executive Stephen Vaughan described Fisher as "a great fit".

He added: "There has been massive interest in the role and we have left no stone unturned as we have strived to find the right person."

Fisher is regarded as an expert on forward play and had been director of rugby at the Brumbies since 2012.

Laurie Fisher factfile

Born Canberra, April, 1958

Nicknamed 'Lord'

Former PE teacher who played for Australian Universities against France in 1990

Assistant, forwards and head coach with the Brumbies after joining in 2000

Spent three years at Munster from 2008-11 before rejoining the Brumbies in 2012

The role of head coach was not filled under previous Gloucester boss Nigel Davies, who was dismissed in May.

Fisher is the latest in a series of new arrivals at Kingsholm following the acquisitions of Humphreys, defence coach John Muggleton and backs and attack coach Nick Walshe.

The changes come after an underwhelming season which saw Gloucester finish ninth in the Premiership.

Prior to his sacking, Davies had already signed five new internationals for next season - New Zealand prop John Afoa, Argentina lock Mariano Galarza, Wales hooker Richard Hibbard, Scotland half-back Greig Laidlaw and England lock Tom Palmer.

The club have since added Wales fly-half James Hook and Tonga hooker Aleki Lutui to their squad.